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Cisco helps Taser Scale Evidence.com

December 21, 2009
at 12:00 pm PST

One of the more fun aspects of working at Cisco is an oppty to see all the cool things our customers are working on.  Every once in a while, our customers are kind enough to let us write about what they are up to, and such is the case with TASER International (of Taser fame).  Taser has launched an a cloud-based service for law enforcement authorities called Evidence.com.  The service is a virtual evidence warehouse, offering digital storage in a highly secure, easily accessible environment that allows law enforcement and legal professionals to quickly access key evidence, including video and audio data captured from an officer’s viewpoint.  Even if you are not in law enforcement, its kinda cool to check out the website and see the technology in action.

As you can imagine, this kind of offering needs some significant back-end infrastructure in place, which is why they turned to Cisco.  We helped them design a data center environment that would help them meet their stringent operations requirements and keep up with the scaling requirements.  We were able to go from planning to a deployed system, based on Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus, in 98 days with the help of the Cisco Advanced Services team. The deployed system saved Taser $900,000 in up front costs and they expect to save an additional $37,000 a year in reduced power and cooling costs.

The Taser team recently participated in an IPTV session to discuss their experiences with the new system:

  • Tom Smith, chairman of the board at TASER, who explained law enforcement agencies’ use of digital evidence, the stringent requirements for preserving evidence, and      the company’s business goals and strategy to offer video evidence combined with its new software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering, Evidence.com.
  • Yogesh Saini, senior vice president, Global Internet Services at TASER, who discussed Evidence.com as a new cloud service, the information technology requirements that led the company to select Cisco Unified Computing System, TASER’s virtualization strategy, experiences with Cisco Unified Computing System and Cisco Nexus to date, business benefits, environmental sustainability benefits, and ROI.

For more details, you can view the re-play of the video and also pull down a full case study.

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